Interesting Fact: There’s a Yawning Need for Boring Professors” is the headline of an article in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Subtitle: “The Study of Monotony Sees a Burst of Activity.”

The article points out:

•  Boredom studies are becoming an exciting field of inquiry.

•  There is a boomlet in boredom studies.

•  Boredom researchers contend theirs is a fascinating field.

•  “Boredom is a gold mine,” says a neuroscientist at a university in Ontario.

Drying laundry

“Boredom is in the eye of the beholder” — “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Could it be that activities being researched are actually exciting to us dull men — what we call “Safe Excitement” on

For example, watching these videos:

•  Video of man mowing lawn

•  Video of learning English as second language

•  Video of hanging laundry out to dry

•  Video about setting up a fish farm

Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, we too were in it — last July: “Area Man Joins Organization Where Nothing Much Ever Happens.”